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All the lucky ones are dead : an Aaron Gunner mystery
Gar Anthony Haywood
Adult Fiction HAYWOOD

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From Publishers' Weekly:

"There was a threshold beyond which an investigation became more about his own hunger for the truth than his client's, and somewhere over the last 48 hours, Gunner had stepped across it." Aaron Gunner, Haywood's gritty Los Angeles African-American PI, not only steps over that threshold, he carries the reader with him like an eager bride. Despite his always precarious finances, Gunner declines a job guarding a threatened African-American talk show host, Sparkle Johnson, because he doesn't agree with her right-wing views, and she doesn't want the protection her agent is trying to arrange. Gunner also doesn't care to investigate the death of Carlton William Elbridge, better known as rapper C.E. Digga Jones. Police have written off Eldridge's demise as suicide and only the deceased's father seems inclined to dispute the evidence. Despite his reluctance, Gunner is drawn into both cases, meeting up with an old nemesis, the Defenders of the Bloodline (When Last Seen Alive), and encountering what Haywood depicts as the brutish universe of gangsta rap. Haywood juices his compelling mystery with sharp dialogue, and Gunner's savvy intelligence makes it a pleasure to follow the PI through a maze of betrayals and greed. As Gunner navigates the meaner, deadlier streets of L.A., Haywood infuses the hard-boiled genre with renewed vigor. (Jan.) FYI: Haywood also writes the Joe and Dottie Loudermilk mysteries. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Haywood continues the Aaron Gunner mystery series with another suspenseful title set in LA. PI Gunner investigates the suicide of rap star C.E. Digga Jones, while trying to protect ultraconservative talk show host Sparkle Johnson. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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